Early Talent Co-ordinator

Bristol or Newcastle
12 Jul 2021
10 Sep 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type

Investing in future talent is so important to our business and our fabulous Early Talent Team are now on the lookout for a Co-ordinator to join them to support the recruitment and development of our future generation of lawyers.   

Home-grown talent is at the heart of our recruitment strategy and as an Early Talent professional there is nothing more rewarding than being able to positively impact someone at the start of their career, whether that is a first step or a career change.  Our Early Talent team are integral to identifying, developing and supporting our future generation of lawyers; working with schools to inspire young people to consider a legal career, recruiting our future trainee solicitors and working closely with them to support their development and wellbeing through to qualification.  We might be a touch biased, but we believe that we deliver a fantastic programme – not only do our clients tell us this, but a number of our partners have progressed from trainees in the firm to the current leaders of our business.

We are currently looking for a Coordinator to join us and be part of the next exciting stage in the development of our early talent strategy.  With the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam on the horizon, we have big plans to redesign the way in which we recruit, train and develop our future generation of lawyers, and this is a great opportunity for you to be part of that plan. 

So what will you be doing?

We're looking for someone who shares in our passion for recruiting and developing the very best talent and you'll be doing this in a number of ways, including:

  • Organising various events to help promote the firm as an employer of choice for graduates
  • Co-ordinating the annual recruitment process, liaising with candidates, assessors and the Early Talent Team to ensure we run a robust and engaging process
  • Attending assessment centres to ensure the smooth running of the day, acting as the liaison between candidates and assessors
  • Supporting the seat rotation and secondment process, liaising with trainee solicitors, supervisors and the Early Talent Team to ensure a smooth transition between teams and/or clients
  • Organising the annual induction programme for all new trainee solicitors, and keeping in touch with candidates between offer and joining
  • Managing all administrative processes for the team, constantly looking for ways to be more efficient and effective

But it's not all about us, to be honest we're more interested in you.  We're open minded about your background but it's likely that you'll have gained some administrative experience within a recruitment or HR team.  However, if you're looking for your first step into an HR role, we'd also love to hear from you so that we can tell you all about the great opportunities for career development within our team. 

At the heart of all that we do as team, is candidate and employee experience, and it's important that you share that ethos too.  Much of your role will be spent liaising with candidates or internal teams, whether that's trainee solicitors, supervisors or partners, so an ability to build relationships and communicate effectively is essential.  Given the nature of the role, you'll need to be highly organised and efficient, but as organised as you are, not everything always goes to plan in the world of recruitment so an ability to adapt and think on your feet is crucial.   We're a busy team, but we're friendly and supportive, and we know that in order to deliver for the business we have to be able to operate effectively as one team.  We work with some fantastic people, we enjoy what we do and we have a bit of fun along the way. But importantly, we're made to feel that we're really contributing to the success of this business.

Who are we?

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feelemphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships. 

Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued.  We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody).  We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicitiesdisabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work.  We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders.  We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/womblebonddickinsoncareers/)

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